November 27th, 2013
It’s been a fantastic couple of weeks in my world, surrounded by do-gooders putting others before themselves. Whether it’s a tragic loss of life (i.e. flood victims, children with cancer) or mentoring youth, you really can tell when someone invests their entire heart in it — and that warms me up from the inside out.
My friends at the Modern Honolulu have a stand-up couple of resident DJs. DJ Anit and Compose used their natural talents to inspire others into giving back last week, raising almost $10,000 for Typhoon Haiyan survivors from two events with a very small amount of preparation.
And they're not the only ones; the list is long of everyone who dropped what they were doing to coordinate relief efforts the best way they knew how. It’s very admirable, so I just want to say thank you to Jazz Minds, M Nightclub, The Republik and Safehouse, Chef Chai and many others. Fellow Pulse blogger Jermel Quillopo did a great job rounding everything up last week, so check out her blog if you are looking for ways to support.
Switching gears (rather quickly) this week to ramp up for the holiday season (which is pretty much almost over), it’s good to see Mark Becker is back at it with his “12 Bars of Christmas” fundraiser on Dec. 14. After a hiatus last year, he has once again corralled an A-list of Chinatown bars and sponsors to create a pub crawl for charity. The party will continue at NextDoor from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., with an official afterparty at M Nightclub. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. This year's beneficiaries are the Hawaii Children Cancer Foundation and the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.
This weekend will be a nice, long one and there’s so much to be thankful for! Personally, I’m ecstatic to see one of the scene’s angels return home.
Lauren King, one of my favorite bottle service girls at Vice Nightclub and an extraordinarily sweet “It Girl”-slash-Tubmlr goddess who jumped the pond to be part of the opening team at Hakkasan Las Vegas. She now works in VIP bottle service at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Sin City. Within a matter of weeks after she moved, she made hundreds cheer virtually with Vine posts shot two feet away from Calvin Harris’ daytime sets.
We met, funny enough, over the smartphone game “Draw Something,” and before I even knew her in person I had a huge straight-girl crush on her. There’s just something about a perfect 10 supermodel and new 21-year-old who makes time to draw things for a 30-something she never met. I’m sorry. I’m obsessed.
While she mostly has plans to catch up with friends and family before going back to work in Vegas on Friday, Nov. 29, I wish she could stick around to make an appearance at the “JUMP UP!” at Nextdoor on Saturday, Nov. 30. This under-the-radar-but-not-really party is known for a great looking crowd of college kids who understand and appreciate a wide variety of music and a fun, unpretentious vibe in Chinatown.
This month’s live bands include legendary rockers Linus, who blew us all away in the streets at Hallowbaloo and DJs Zilla and Eric & Farley. Only venture to this party if you want to dance and have fun. There are plenty of other options if you want to stand around awkwardly and silently judge each other. The choice is yours.
Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young's Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for POW! WOW! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular "Bacardi Pool Party" on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.